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Refugee to Airman

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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Luke AFB remembers 9/11

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, four aircraft were hijacked and flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, N.Y., the Pentagon, Va., and into a field in Stonycreek Township, Penn.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Sept. 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., for whom Luke AFB is named.

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Thunderbolt takes action, saves three families

Powerful gusts waded between the rows of houses lining the street of a sunny suburb of Manteca, California. It was a hot July day and Tech. Sgt. Michael Cleary, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainer, noted that it was unusually windy in his hometown. He had just left his aunt’s house, a stop along…

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Luke to remember namesake’s death in WWI

Imagine thinking of Phoenix with only 5,000 people and only one high school, the Salt River with running water, Arizona State University being known as Tempe Normal, and horses and horse-pulled buckboards as the standard means of transportation. This setting was Phoenix in 1897, and on a warm May day of that year an aerial-combat…


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Salutes & Awards

56th FW announces quarterly awards

Posted  December 1, 2017

The following unit and individuals received third quarter awards: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Team: Financial Analysis Flight Airman: Senior Airman Jacob Mraz, 56th Maintenance Group NCO: Staff Sgt. Paul McDonough, 56th Operations Group Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Nina Brown, 54th Fighter Group Company grade officer instructor: Capt. Nathan Liptak, 56th OG Company grade officer…

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CCAF confers degrees to Luke members

Posted  December 1, 2017

The following individuals received degrees in the programs listed from the Community College of the Air Force: Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Instructor of Technology and Military Science Staff Sgts. James Hayes, Jonathan Mahlan and Jon Menghini; Tech. Sgts. Daniel Bartolucci, Trevor Bell, Edward Cunningham, Paiz Noel and Jacob Spanaus; and Master Sgt. Arthur Ofalia…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  December 1, 2017

The 56th Security Support Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 23 through Nov. 20 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets SFS issued citations for 59 moving violations and eight non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 23: SFS responded to a report of a hit-and-run-vehicle accident at the Luke AFB Exchange parking garage. The victim’s vehicle was…

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Time for ‘Your Holiday Bill is on Us’ sweepstakes

Posted  December 1, 2017

The nation’s military exchanges and the Defense Commissary Agency are joining forces to put some jingle back in military shoppers’ pockets by picking up the tab on their MILITARY STAR cards with the Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has offered the sweepstakes to its customers for…

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AETC welcomes new commander

Posted  December 1, 2017

Sean Worrell Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, officially addresses the men and women of the First Command for the first time as their commander during a change of command ceremony Nov. 16 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Kwast, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, assumed command after spending…

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